By Istvan Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai
During this ebook, 36 recognized chemists, together with 18 Nobel laureates, inform approximately their lives in technology, the beginnings in their careers, their aspirations, and their hardships and triumphs. The reader will find out about their seminal discoveries, and the conversations within the publication carry out the humanity of those nice scientists. NMR spectroscopy, computational chemistry, the drama of buckminsterfullerene, the tale of the capsule, the politics of atmospheric chemistry and the resonance conception, the beginnings of molecular mechanics and glossy stereochemistry are examples of the themes mentioned first-hand via, almost certainly, the main applicable individuals.
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I am just reading Kafka’s letters to his fianct who never became his wife. He was not very much in favor of intellectual activities for he was a peculiar man. But you should see how much goes on and whom he sees and so on in Prague of his time. Maybe this is n o longer so there either but it was so in the precommunist time. Cannot it then be that you have a nostabia for something that no longer exists? Oh, sure, and I know Europe very well. We used to spend our summers for 30 years in Switzerland, not only sitting in the mountains but we used to go to the cities as well, and to read the Swiss and German papers there.
For possibilities, of course, I considered not only Austria but Germany as well. The first year, I went to both the University and the Technical University. I started out with chemistry at the Technical University and at the same time linguistics at the University. After one year, I recognized that it was too much for me to be in two places and I moved to Chemistry at the University. Eventually my thesis was on organic silver complexes. My sponsor was Fritz Feigl. Biochemistry barely existed at that early time.
All my books remained in our apartment and have never reappeared. I also have a sister whom I could get out in '38. I have heard since that the actions of the American consul in Vienna at that time showed a characteristic pattern and what happened to my mother had been repeated with many other people. Have you been back t o Vienna? Yes, many times. The first time it was in 1958 because I was to attend a biochemistry meeting, and I was asked to give the opening lecture. I like Vienna, but with reservations.